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WWE News: Summary of all the news & notes from last night's newsworthy edition of WWE Raw

Feb 23, 2010 - 9:04:40 AM
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By James Caldwell, Torch assistant editor

The following is a handy summary of all the news and notes from last night's highly-newsworthy edition of WWE Raw building to WrestleMania 26 on March 28.

-- WWE announced the top three headline matches for WrestleMania 26 with World Hvt. champion Chris Jericho vs. Edge, Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker with Michaels's career on the line, and WWE champion Batista vs. John Cena.

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-- Announced for next week: Bret Hart returns to Raw per Vince McMahon's "personal invitation" to have a "Proper Farewell Address." Also, Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase.

-- Former WWE champion Sheamus and Triple H were not on the show to sell the effects of the Elimination Chamber match. WWE presumably wrote off Sheamus's re-match clause in the Raw main event when Cena beat Batista via DQ to earn the title shot at WrestleMania.

-- Maryse captured the Divas Title by defeating Gail Kim in the finals of the Divas Title tournament after their title match was bumped from Sunday night's Elimination Chamber PPV.

-- The Miz & Big Show successfully defended the Unified tag titles against Miz & Mark Henry, who scored a non-title victory over Miz & Show on last week's Raw.

-- Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson) made his WWE TV debut standing backstage dressed in a suit watching the title match on a monitor. Bryan will be mentored by The Miz on the NXT show debuting today in ECW's timeslot.

-- Christian was the first wrestler to qualify for the eight-man Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania 26.
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-- Former ECW champion Christian and Yoshi Tatsu were the first two ECW wrestlers to move to the Raw brand after the ECW brand was shut down last Tuesday.

-- Wendi Richter, who has not worked with WWE for over 25 years, was announced as the third 2010 Hall of Fame inductee. Roddy Piper will be inducting Richter.

-- Jewel & Ty Murray were the guest hosts. Following the recent trend of guest hosts in the background, their involvement was limited to MC'ing a Divas Bullriding segment, but they did book the Unified tag title match.

-- Cheech & Chong were confirmed as the guest hosts for next week's show from Oklahoma City.

-- READ MORE: CALDWELL'S Raw TV Report & KELLER'S Raw TV Report.

[Torch art credit Grant Gould (c) PWTorch.com]


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